Wichita Wild facing uncertain future

By: David Marcus Email
By: David Marcus Email

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WICHITA, Kan.- Owner Wink Hartman says the Wichita Wild has lost 2-million dollars over the last eight years. He put the team up for sale in July.

And now, the team that's had wild success on the field, faces a very uncertain future off it.

Head Coach Paco Martinez holds the game ball given to him by an official, after the Wichita Wild's latest championship win.

Martinez won the title in his first season with the team. But now, with the Wild's potential sale in limbo, Martinez finds himself unemployed, and on the sidelines.

"Right now, my thoughts are with the players, because I can go get a regular job," says Martinez. "I've done that before. But these guys are professionals chasing a dream and right now, they're left with a huge question mark and right now, that's not good for anybody."

League rules stipulate that players only receive 220-dollars per game. Many have relocated to Wichita to showcase their talents, while getting other jobs.

But Martinez says, most new players have had to put those plans on hold.

"A lot of guys moved here," Martinez says. "They're from California, Memphis, wherever. They like it here. And they want to move here. So they had jobs lined up. And then the uncertainty of not knowing we're going to be a team next year."

Martinez is keeping his eye on the clock, and his future. He knows he and his players may have to move on..... unless the sale goes in soon.

"I'm gonna give it basically one more month," says Martinez. "If something's not decided by the end of this month, I've got to move on and get another job and figure out what I'm going to do from here."


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